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This Very Famous American Relative Was a World Hero

Union Captain Charles Stewart, assistant Adjutant-General to Brigadier Charles P. Stone, Commander at Ball’s Bluff, was the great-uncle of famous world hero of World War II Winston Spencer Churchill.

Charles Stewart was the nom-de-guerre of Lord Ernest McDowell Vane-Tempest.  His father was the 3rd Marques of Londonderry, but as a younger son, he did not inherit the title.  His older sister, Frances, married John Winston Spencer Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, and their son, Randolph, was 12 at the time of the battle.  Captain Stewart was his uncle.  Randolph was Winston Churchill’s father, so Stewart was his great-uncle.  Winston was born in 1874 and Stewart died in 1885.  It is possible that he told the young Winston stories of Ball’s Bluff.


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